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Healthy Living Year-Round

April 6, 2009

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The spring and summer months are a very interesting time of year. Besides the weather being warmer and wanting to spend more time outdoors, people start to eat better and exercise more.

Many people strive for the “beach body,” and some even go as far to do a “spring cleanse.” Other people will do the less extreme and just incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet. You don’t hear people talk about a winter cleanse, do you? People find it harder to get to the gym during the colder months. Why is that?

You may feel compelled to start working out more because you will be outdoors more and in the public eye. You may feel compelled to eat fresher fruits and veggies because they are cooling and in-season. It’s great that people are motivated to boost their health during the warmer months, but what about being healthy during the fall and winter? It is just as important.

Maybe instead of making one resolution every January to work out more and eat better, you can do it a couple of times a year. January is the marker of a new year, but so is September. Think of the resolutions you make in January as your spring and summer resolutions and September as your fall and winter resolutions.

We’ll revisit this in September to put you on track for setting healthy intentions for the colder months.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.